In October, a coalition of groups filed a petition with the DEA to reschedule cannabis. Their action forces the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate cannabis’ safety, medicinal use and potential for dependence, and report their findings to the DEA. The DEA must then use this information to either reschedule cannabis, or justify their continued prohibition of medicinal cannabis.
“The purpose of this process is to force the DEA to either prove its assertions about cannabis, or make cannabis medically available to patients in need,” said coalition member Jon Gettman, a former National Director of NORML.
Other coalition members include Americans for Safe Access, High Times Magazine, Iowans for Medical Cannabis, the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Cooperative, the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), New Mexicans for Compassionate Use, the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative, and many other groups and individuals.